John Lewis

19 Apr 19
atchistory

If anyone in these photos would like their faces obscured and/or their names removed just ask, its easy to do. These course photographs are mainly reproduced in numerical order. At the end of this post are some anonymous course photos. If you recognise yourself please let us know which course it is. There are some older […]

19 Apr 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Holy Saturday. Silence stretches from Good Friday’s cross to the awakening dawn of Easter. Silence, a commodity hard to find amidst the cacophony of voices. Headlines scream with increased intensity, drama and trauma outdo each other in a race for attention, money, power. Each moment’s pause is filled by the siren song of the silver screen: necks bent over shining rectangles, ears plugged, eyes riveted to everything except another face passing by. We have lost our communal sabbath, a day when we can rest and rejoice together. Instead, each day grows louder, busier, more insistent. Fifty students litter the beach with red solo cups; police cars and ambulances scream to the scene. A cathedral is in flames. Addicts rave in the muck and mire of tent cities. Where are the islands of peace? Quiet Time In Vietnam, eighty miles south-east of Saigon, there is a Cistercian Monastery of 140 members. Seventy brothers have completed monastic vows, 70 are still in formation. Monks from this coastal city of Vung Tau, have been sent to the United States and Europe, to get further education, equipping them for teaching and the formation of novices. Ten monks have already been sent forth and returned. One day last fall, shortly before we closed our Aptos bookstore, two Vietnamese priests, Peter and John, walked into The Word Shop. They were here to build another Cistercian monastery. When they left The Word Shop, arms ladened with boxes of books, Peter said, “You are our benefactor.” The words fell around my shoulders, a mantle of blessing. Now, John Nguyen has gone on to at St. John’s in Minnesota, for continuing education. Peter Linhxuan Vu remains here, facing the daunting task of starting a new home, Our Lady of Grace Cistercian Monastery, at the Corralitos convent, recently vacated by the Poor Clares. “It is,” Peter grants, “a bit strange to be the Superior of a Monastery, which is currently only a home for three more brothers, all of whom are studying across the country; John in Minnesota, Dominic in Boston and another in Buffalo.” Two other brothers study in Austria. Back in Vietnam, two newly ordained priests are in the six months to a year process of getting sponsorship to come here. Two more wait in line behind them. Three people, more or less local, are discerning vocations. Meanwhile, there is a large property with fifty rooms, chapels, choir, refractory and extensive grounds to maintain, all while holding regular monastic hours of prayer. When I met with him at the monastery on Pleasant Valley Road, Peter seemed a bit tired. Nonetheless, he was clear about the five goals he hopes to accomplish: The primary goal is to build a monastic community of at least 20 brothers with the Cistercian identity. They will lead a life of prayer for the church, for the success of the work, for us. The second goal, already happening, is to be a good place to come and pray. The chapel is open throughout the day. Nearly a dozen people attend Daily mass at 8 a.m., 40-50 come to mass on  Sundays at 10 a.m. The work includes caring for this liturgical community, offering special days of recollection, and hosting groups who come to pray, attend workshops, or study. Third, the monastery will be a place of formation and education for the priesthood; a home, even for brothers in other orders, who are working towards ordination. Fourth, they hope to provide a home for retired priests, who have given their lives to serve the church. And finally, they want to be a place of meeting and solidarity with their neighbors. We toured the grounds. In the chapel, Peter said, “This statue was donated by a benefactor.” Despite the joyful noise from a group of young people in the refractory, peace flooded my heart as we paused in front of an altar. The library was full of books, with several boxes as yet unpacked. I looked at a book in Vietnamese written by Peter on Thomas Merton’s theology, “The Paradise Man.” Outside, quiet reigned and peace prevailed. We stepped up to a little graveyard and offered thanks for the nineteen Poor Clare sisters buried on site. We looked at the 50 chickens, “Donated by a benefactor.” Two goats, one pregnant, were also donated by a benefactor. You gotta watch those benefactors, I thought, remembering the boxes of books teetering on top of each other in the back room of The Word Shop. I left for home with “The Paradise Man” (in English) tucked under my arm, and my heart full. How is it we have this place of peace growing just over the hill from my house? I plan to be a regular visitor. EndQuote: “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” — CS Lewis
19 Apr 19
nornirishmummy

I wouldn’t say I have a reputation for being a clean freak, but I do endeavour to keep myself neat and tidy.  I don’t touch dogs as I don’t like my hands to get dirty and would rather shake my hands dry than touch a damp, dirty towel.  Despite these hygienic accolades my standards have […]

19 Apr 19
Capitol $hill

John Lewis is the closest Congress has to a real-life revolutionary. In his heyday, Lewis was one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the sixties. Before he was old enough to drink, he had desegregated the Nashville lunch counters. Only months later, he became one of the original Freedom Riders, where he stared […]

19 Apr 19
Jennifer Greenberg

C.S. Lewis said of Heaven, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” This Easter weekend, I contemplate Jesus and our resurrection.

19 Apr 19
livingwelltheexperience's Blog

Good Friday – The symbol of the cross means so much to me. 😊 When I read the crucifixion of Jesus, hear the sermons of His last days here on earth leading up to His death, burial and resurrection, and learn more about actual, proven accounts and the acts of barbarism during His time – […]

19 Apr 19
Cain S. Latrani

I think there are some movies that don’t get the respect they deserve. Not saying that they are somehow artistic, and nobody noticed, or that they are something special, and everyone missed it. Rather, what I mean is that they set out to say something, and say it very well, and people no longer seem […]

19 Apr 19
The Storyteller's Corner

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (John 11:25, KJV)  I felt called this Good Friday to take a short break from the writing thing to address something I came across this week that left me troubled. An article in OneNewsNow.com claims, […]

19 Apr 19
The Esteemed Prussian

For the purpose of keeping to a somewhat regular schedule for this series, I decided to have each update to this series every seven to ten days. Not the most perfectly clean intervals, but it helps to break down each week or two week’s events into a more workable platform. Anyways, here are this week’s […]

19 Apr 19
Vents Magazine

Sony Music announces the release of DAYS GONE (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) with music by NATHAN WHITEHEAD (The Purge, He’s Out There, Delirium, Keanu). Available Friday, April 19, the soundtrack features music fromDays Gone, the upcoming, open-world action game, which launches exclusively on the PlayStation®4 system Friday, April 26. The 25-track collection also includes features from rising artists Jack Savoretti, Billy […]

19 Apr 19
History Engineers

A beautiful example of the fact that if you sit down and talk with someone from a different background, a different faith tradition, a different culture, you will come to love them and find wisdom there.

19 Apr 19
News Archives Uk

A group of Scottish retirees bought aerosol cans for the first time to create street art. The 16 seniors spent three days in class learning graffiti at the Nuart Aberdeen Festival. After designing their own labels, retirees applied a mural on a wall in downtown Granite City. Retirees designed their own labels (Jane Barlow / […]

19 Apr 19
Bloody Disgusting!

Ahead of the release for Bend Studios’ open-world zombie epic, Days Gone, Sony have announced the release of the game’s soundtrack by Nathan Whitehead (who also composed for The Purge, He’s Out There, and Delirium). Available today, the soundtrack features 25-tracks, and includes music from artists Jack Savoretti, Billy Raffoul & Zander Reese, as well […]

19 Apr 19
National Post

NEW YORK — When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would often confiscate it. “It would be given back at the end of the day. And this was quite repetitive,” Page said. That dedication worked out pretty well for Page, who […]

19 Apr 19
EIBMJadonblog13

2019 has seen Debenhams, one of the leading UK fashion retailers, close stores across the country due to a substantial decline in sales.  3 Years ago we could see Debenhams worth reach over 900m, yet now it stands at a measly 20m. One reason for this decline, as suggested by leading experts, is due to […]

19 Apr 19
Robert Lloyd PR, Media and Marketing Consultancy

The countdown is on to this year’s Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, with film fans eagerly looking forward to the European premiere of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Troll Bridge’. Screening on the opening day of the festival on May 27, Troll Bridge is a short film based on a short story by the Discworld author. It’s been […]